Excerpt: At this year’s Gamescom, I had a quick chat with King Art’s project lead, Jan Theysen. He was there to present the studio’s next game, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (BoUT2). This is a direct sequel, following the exploits of the previous game’s four likely heroes. Likely heroes? Indeed, the series continues its trend of spoofing every fantasy and roleplaying trope in the book, and its cast of rather typical main characters is the first indication.
The Book Of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles – Review (PC)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: “Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the exact same fucking thing over and over again, expecting shit to change. That..is..crazy. But the first time I solved a puzzle that way I thought they were bullshitting me so boom, I ignored it. The thing is…okay.. it was right. And then I started seeing everywhere I looked. Everywhere I looked all these fucking puzzles doing the exact…same fucking thing.
Summary: There's been resurgence in the last few years for the good old adventure game; whether it's Telltale Games' episodic titles or smaller budget indie games, like Gemini Rue . The popularity of downloads means formally niche genres can find their audience easier and it's not hard to think that a game like KING Art's The Book of Unwritten Tales wouldn't have existed a few years ago.
The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles
Adventure Classic Gaming
15 June 2013
Excerpt: The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles is a traditional point-and-click adventure game from German developer King Art Games. The game is a prequel, rather than a sequel, to The Book of Unwritten Tales previously released by the same developer. However, players do not necessarily need to be familiar with the original to enjoy this prequel. The game is a slick, highly polished adventure with lots of fun dialog, puzzles, and humor.
Excerpt: Wow!!! What a great game!! What a treat! This is the way that adventure games used to be made in the good old days! It's a welcome, modern example of the kind of fun that made us all fall in love with gaming in the first place, and playing it is guaranteed to make you feel good. If you're like us, you'll enjoy every minute of this game, and really be sorry to see it end.
The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles by gremlin
15 January 2013
Excerpt: What is it? It seems that games journalists are constantly bemoaning the saturation of the games market with sequels: publishers know what has worked in the past, so assume that the same will work in the future. Okay, a reasonably fair, but boring, assumption. But I'm not going to bang on about sequels here; the Book of Unwritten Tales, The Critter Chronicles is a prequel.
The Critter Chronicles - Prequel to The Book of Unwritten Tales
14 January 2013
Excerpt: Was it really only fifteen months ago that I reviewed The Book of Unwritten Tales, that polished homage to the classic third-person LucasArts point-and-click adventure? Now, we have a prequel to TBoUT called The Critter Chronicles, in which we learn how that curious duo of derring-do, Nate and Critter, first met up. (Actually, somewhere in between I played the German demo of CC, which includes the game's full first chapter.
Conclusion: Following in the wake of the exceptional The Book of Unwritten TalesThe Critter Chronicles was inevitably destined for an uphill trek to achieve the same player satisfaction. Using only two of the four protagonists from the original, the prequel smartly decides to play for smaller stakes, and keeps its story and scope simple and limited, and thereby manageable, while regaling you with the same top-of-the-line scriptwriting and production quality.